ERIC Number: ED223397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
High School Attendance Policies in the State of Kansas.
Wilson, Alfred P.; Singer, Jerry D.
Questionnaires were distributed to student body presidents, building representatives of the teacher organization, principals, and school board presidents of each of 80 randomly selected Kansas high schools (with representation from each of 4 size categories) to determine how various groups affected by attendance policies perceived the characteristics of those policies. Sixty-two of the schools had previously returned their attendance policies and a panel of experts found 28 characteristics used in the attendance policies; these characteristics then comprised the questionnaire. Sample characteristics included "Parents are allowed to excuse any student absence,""The school determines which student absences are classified as excused," and "Poor student attendance leads to poor academic achievement." Significant differences were found among how the four groups perceived various characteristics of attendance policies. In 19 of 20 instances where there was a significant difference between perceptions, the difference was between a student under the jurisdiction of the guidelines and an adult not under the jurisdiction of the guidelines. The greatest number of significant differences was found between student body presidents and building representatives. School board presidents had the greatest amount of differences of any group. No significant difference existed in perceptions within individual groups when broken down by school size classification. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Rural and Small School Conference (4th, Manhattan, KS, November 15, 1982).